Therefore, here are a few alternative questions that I have found to work better than, "How was your day?" Try them with your children or students and see if you get better engagement.
1. What did you do today to get better at ___ ?
2. What did you do today to help someone else?
3. Talk to me about your most recent success - something you are really proud of?
4. What is your greatest challenge right now?
5. If your teacher was here, what would she/he say about your work?